Integrative Systems + Design (ISD)

Engineering is critically important in today’s technology-driven society. Globalization, changing demographics, and rapidly evolving technologies are dramatically altering the nature of engineering practice, demanding broader skills than just the mastery of scientific and technological disciplines. These complex challenges call for an integrative approach that goes beyond a deep expertise in a single discipline and that blends engineering with behavioral, business, and social sciences. Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) addresses these challenges by providing versatile, interdisciplinary educational programs for lifelong learning, including graduate degrees and certificates, with an emphasis on systems and design thinking. ISD’s programs horizontally integrate disciplinary knowledge across traditional fields of engineering with business and leadership skills.

An important element in each ISD degree program is the capstone project that students complete individually or in teams, locally or through virtual global collaborations. Sponsoring companies offer project topics, and work is conducted under faculty supervision. ISD degree programs are offered on campus and all Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are also available through online learning, creating a diverse learning community of students on campus and at locations around the world. All students are taught by the same U-M faculty using the same syllabi and offering the same content in hybrid courses. ISD graduates possess deep strengths in their engineering discipline, with the ability to lead and innovate complex systems to address global wicked problems. Please visit the ISD Department website.

Department Contacts

Division Chair, Integrative Systems + Design Professor Diann Brei
2214 SI-North 1075 Beal Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2112

Associate Director of Academic Programs Elizabeth Mekaru
2214 SI-North, 1075 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2112
For more specific information on contacting  the ISD, please go to our Contacts.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

The University Registrar publishes the number of students enrolled annually in this program, and the number of degrees granted each term by this program.